ContemporaryJazz.com Radio Adds – Early September

ContemporaryJazz.com Radio plays nu jazz, acid jazz, remixed jazz, jazzy house, and other groove jazz styles. It’s online all the time and is free (with ads) or you can purchase a VIP package for commercial free listening and other benefits.

In the last few weeks, I’ve added new music from a number of artists I just learned about. Glam Sam and His Combo’s recording is called Groovy and Sam says it’s “cool music. Just cool and funky, with a twist of jazz.” It’s that twist that got my ear. I’ve got two cuts from it playing now. Hit up the MySpace page. You’ll also hear music from recent releases by Miles Bonny, Mocean Worker, and South Froggies. I’ve put my favorite Bob James cover back into rotation – Masters at Work’s “Nautilus (MAWtilus)” from the excellent Nuyorican Soul disc.

ContemporaryJazz.com Radio Adds – July

ContemporaryJazz.com Radio plays nu jazz, acid jazz, remixed jazz, jazzy house, and other groove jazz styles. It’s online all the time and is free (with ads) or you can purchase a VIP package for commercial free listening and other benefits.

Some new releases I added include a band called Funkatized (whose title speaks for itself), the jazzy electronica of Kush, and a track from the re-release of Torso’s Naked Came the She Squid. I’ve put in over 50 other hand-picked selections in the last month. Check it out!

Fusion Blog; Nu Jazz Broadcast; MySpace

John Luciano, top-notch ContemporaryJazz.com reviewer, has launched his own blog. iJazz Therefore I Am covers music John loves including 70s and 80s jazz fusion. Among the acts he’s posted about already include Jeff Lorber Fusion, Spyro Gyra, and Tom Browne.

A fellow 37-year-old spinning nu jazz music? Sounds like my kind of guy! The surprising part of it: DJ Santo’s show is on terrestrial radio here in the States!

Be my friend! ContemporaryJazz.com has a page on MySpace.

Why I Have tomorrowJazz Radio

Since the royalty rate hike was announced, I’ve been asking myself why I put out the cash for tomorrowJazz Radio. I don’t make money on it, and haven’t tried. I don’t know if I can call it a hobby since I don’t have a mixing board, good mic, dayparts, or other features/programming that would make it more “radio-like.” I’ve found the answer and I’ve actually known it all along. It’s a passion. I can’t help myself. I am compelled to share what I enjoy.

In Live365’s early days, I had a station called JazzPlus, for contemporary jazz listeners. I didn’t promote it much – the thrill came from hearing what I enjoyed out there for anyone to hear. After taking time away from my jazzy online efforts, I felt the need to share again. Writing on my web site was fine, but sometimes words couldn’t convey the musical experience. Music has to be heard. I could have put up a station in a number of ways, but Live365 made it easiest for me to play what I wanted to play and ensure that artists are legally compensated.

tomorrowJazz Radio has been playing acid jazz, nu jazz, jazzy house, contemporary jazz, and any jazzy-sounding music I like for three years. There is no terrestrial station that plays this type of music every hour of every day, every day of the year in the States. People who enjoy this kind of music can only hear it on Internet radio. I have satellite radio and you can only hear a bit of this music. There are thousands of different types of Internet stations that can copy and paste those last three sentences and use it to describe their station. They are all in jeopardy. This is the greatest revolution in music since music could first be recorded. No other time has any type of music been available to any type of listener so easily. At no other time could an independent artist get his or her music heard globally. If major corporations are the only ones who can afford Internet radio, who will play them? An important and proven avenue for exposure is taken away from them.

At risk is your ability to choose the music you want to hear. If this rate hike is not lifted, only the richest companies will be able to provide Internet radio. Do you think they’ll care about tiny niche genres that garner maybe only a few hundred listeners? Think about the unlimited selection of music you can listen to now on Internet radio. Don’t let your freedom to choose whatever music you want to hear be taken away.

Save Internet Radio

Have you heard about the situation regarding Internet Radio? Recently the Copyright Royalty Board hiked royalty rates so high that an estimated 90 percent of the webcasters will be decimated. It’s no exaggeration. It will destroy an emerging force in music. The foundation of Internet radio is people like me, a guy who likes to share the music he likes with everyone. TomorrowJazz Radio broadcasts on Live365.com, which pays royalty fees. I do it legally, though I know of many options to do the same thing where artists are not compensated. There are thousands of people like me, playing everything from old time comedy to ragtime. It’s a virtual guarantee that you’ll find something you’ve never heard before when you tune into an Internet radio station. It can be an expensive hobby but people do it because of a desire to share.

If an appeal to this increase is denied, then only the largest corporations will be able to afford to stream on the Web. You know that will turn the playing field into a clone of terrestial radio. Corporations are interested in promoting their artists. You’ll hear the same thing as you hear everywhere else. I, and my fellow webcasters, play independent artists. The majority of the music on TomorrowJazz Radio is from independent artists. Taking out Internet Radio eliminates a proven avenue for exposing these talented people.

Webcasting guru Kurt Hanson explains it clearly in this interview. Please take the time to read it and understand how this will have a profound effect on the way you could listen to music in the future. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to do something about it. Learn more at Live365 and savenetradio.org.